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Research And Economic Development Accomplishments

May 22, 2018
André Wilsenach and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) were invited to present at this year's International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) conference and Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia in Macau. The two spoke on emerging topics in the gaming industry, including blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and esports, as well as taxation and global regulatory trends. 

May 22, 2018
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) recently delivered two keynote addresses in Macau, China. The first keynote was for the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) Summit and focused on the impacts of the integrated resort on society and the economy. The second, for the Asia Lottery Forum, presented a global analysis of problem gambling impacts, implications, and treatments.

May 11, 2018
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) was recently selected as the recipient of the 2017 Harry Reid Silver State Research Award. The award recognizes faculty members whose work significantly advances the recipient’s academic field, addresses real-world needs and concerns, and contributes to Nevada’s economic growth and development. Bernhard's research focuses on the sociological and psychological impacts of gambling on the individual and the community. Over the years, Bernhard has done extensive research on the impacts of gambling in global communities and is frequently called upon to consult with national and international governments that are interested in bringing the gaming industry to their respective jurisdictions.

May 1, 2018
Xiangxue Xiao and Yingke Xu (both Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine), and Bowen Liu (Math and NIPM) recently published findings in Osteoporosis International, a high-impact peer-reviewed medical journal published by Springer that is an official journal of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The graduate students’ findings resulted from projects they worked on while enrolled in EAB 788 in spring 2017, a course taught by professor Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and NIPM) that focuses on logic and application of meta-analysis in public health. Xiao and Xu published “Thiazide Diuretic Usage and Risk of Fracture: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies” on March 25. Liu published “Depression and Risk of Fracture and Bone Loss: An Updated Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies” on March 12.

Feb 15, 2018
Jacklyn Newsome (Life Sciences) successfully defended her master's thesis in the Schiller Laboratory of Applied Bioinformatics in December. She worked on personalized diets and a new single-cell technology called the GigaAssay. Both have been licensed commercially.  

Feb 15, 2018
Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) was awarded a new NIH R15 grant for $450,000 titled “Developing Model-based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women.” This grant earned a perfect score of 10.

Feb 14, 2018
Bo Bernhard, Brett Abarbanel, and Dan Sahl (all International Gaming Institute) recently returned from giving several presentations at the ICE Totally Gaming conference in London. Bernhard presented on responsible gambling and the future of the Japanese integrated resort, while Sahl presented on the design challenges of incorporating more skill into slot play. Abarbanel hosted the ICE Research Exchange — where academics from all over the world discussed research projects with business implications for the gambling sector.   

Feb 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of Innovation are editor-in-chief Raegen Pietrucha; consulting editor Cate Weeks; art director S. A. Lien; photographers Josh Hawkins, R. Marsh Starks, and Aaron Mayes; editorial interns Alexandra Karosas and Rachel Glaze; contributing writers Tony Allen, Marian Alper, Afsha Bawany, Shane Bevell, Vaneh Darakjian, Kevin Dunegan, Caroline Funk, Sara Gorgon, Matt Keleman, Sean Kennedy, Kelly McDonough, Kristen Peterson, Angela Ramsey, Jason Scavone, Chelsea Sendgraff, Stan Smith, and Pashtana Usufzy; and proofreaders Liam Frink, David Hatchett, Zach Miles, Lori Olafson, Robin Toles, and Jill Zimbelman. CASE District VII annually recognizes award winners online and at the annual District VII conference, which will take place in San Francisco in March. UNLV award winners are listed online.

Jan 23, 2018
Bo Bernhard and Brett Abarbanel (both International Gaming Institute) recently spoke at the winter meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. The council brings together gaming legislators from across the United States to discuss the most pressing issues impacting states and their gambling industries. Bernhard presented his research on how gaming jurisdictions around the world maximize economic benefits and minimize social costs within their communities. Abarbanel discussed the rise of convenience/cashless payments and their implications for operators on responsible gambling behaviors. The conference took place in Miami earlier this month.

Dec 4, 2017
Daniel Benyshek (Anthropology) and Sharon Young (Anthropology and Undergraduate Research) and colleagues published the first clinical trial exploring the effects of human maternal placentophagy, the practice of eating one's placenta after giving birth. The study, which was published online in the journal Women and Birth Nov. 23, was covered in Science news on Dec. 1.